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Kentucky (zone 6)
farmgirl1776
May 25, 2020 11:00 AM CST
I planted 50 tulips last fall and had a gorgeous spring showing!

I lifted them and placed them in potting mix for 6-8 weeks until the leaves died off. When I took the bulbs out to cut off the leaves, the bulbs were all tiny and no parent bulb was left.

What do I do?

If I plant all these tiny little things, I won't have any tulips for a couple years, correct? They are really little, like the size of a quarter. I'm so sad. Any advice?

It's hard to see in the photo, but there are quarters on my countertop so you can see the relative size.

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 25, 2020 11:16 AM CST
Welcome to the site!

If possible it would have been better to left them in situ leaving the leaves to yellow and die back, than lift. A lot of people repurchase every year to guarantee a great display.
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Kentucky (zone 6)
farmgirl1776
May 25, 2020 11:19 AM CST
Thank you for the reply.

Is there anything I can do with these now?
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 25, 2020 11:23 AM CST
I'm an optimist, replant in the fall, somewhere you won't care if they come up, and hope for the best! If it works great, if not you won't be disappointed
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Kentucky (zone 6)
farmgirl1776
May 25, 2020 11:31 AM CST
Thank you for the reply. I'll try it!

Can I plant them in late fall in a random spot in my lawn? So if they come up, fine, but if not, I don't have a blank empty space in my landscape. Thoughts?

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